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SILATRONIX APPLICATIONS

Silatronix electrolytes are ideal for a number of applications within the rechargeable Li-ion and non-rechargeable Lithium battery markets, as well as in future markets such as electrolyte material for supercapacitors. Explore our efforts in each of these areas below.

TECHNOLOGY

OS3 is the latest generation in performance-enhancing materials available from Silatronix. OS3 enables extreme performance of Li-ion batteries when added to LiPF6 based battery cells in concentrations of just 2-5%.

CATHODE COMPATIBILITY

Silatronix OS3 material is compatible with most commonly used Li-ion cathode materials:
  • LCO
  • LFP
  • LTO
  • LMO
  • NMC
  • NCA
  • CFx

APPLICATIONS

Industrial / Commercial

These markets include applications such as motive power for wheelchairs, portable and remote instruments, backup power for computers in data centers, portable data acquisition systems, portable bar code scanners, and telecommunications standby power. The common attribute of these applications is operation in harsh temperature extremes, in some cases outdoor environments. These operating conditions put more stress on a battery’s tolerance to abusive conditions (safety) and thermal stability. OS electrolytes can improve the safety and thermal stability of Li-ion batteries in these operating conditions.

Consumer Products

The electronic devices used by consumers on a day-to-day basis continue to add power consuming features, and as result there is a continual need for batteries with greater energy density. Future increases in the energy density of Li-ion batteries for these applications is likely to come from the use of new electrode materials, including high voltage cathode materials. Existing Li-ion electrolytes are not stable at the voltages required by new cathode materials, and in some cases are not compatible with new anode materials. The voltage stability of OS materials can lead to the design of new electrolytes that can enable the use of new electrode materials and higher density Li-ion battery designs.

Grid-scale Energy Storage

The increased use of renewable energy to generate electricity, growing demand for electricity, and general reliance on electricity are driving emerging opportunities for large scale batteries in the electrical grid. While energy density is always a consideration in any battery application, the biggest factor in the adoption of grid-scale batteries is a combination of life and cost. Since grid-scale batteries are largely assets installed in the power grid, the investment decision in these assets will be determined by the payback period on the capital invested in the battery. If the battery exhibits long life and low initial cost, the payback period will be shorter. The thermal stability of OS electrolytes have the potential to create Li-ion batteries with very long life at a cost competitive with existing electrolytes.

Military

The military applications for batteries cover a wide range of uses from power sources carried by a soldier, to remotely placed instruments, to vehicle powertrains, to power for operation of a weapon. The environments often exhibit extreme temperature ranges, but in many cases safety is an overriding concern such as in the operation of an underwater vehicle. As a result, safety and thermal stability are critical features in a battery. OS electrolytes can improve the safety and thermal stability of Li-ion batteries in these operating conditions.

Electric-drive Vehicles (EDVs)

Meeting the combination of performance requirements for batteries used in EDVs is extremely challenging. EDV batteries require high energy density, high power capability, long life, outdoor operation across a wide temperature range, low cost, and safety. No battery system has yet demonstrated a commercially viable combination of all these performance variables. OS materials have the potential to enable a new set of battery design alternatives that can allow development of a LI-ion battery that is truly commercially viable in EDV applications.

Li-ion Battery Electrolytes

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MARKET

The market for Li-ion batteries is growing aggressively, driven by underlying global demand for portable electronic products. In a global effort, numerous companies, universities, and governments in the U.S., Europe, and Asia are investing in advanced battery research and manufacturing technology to serve large emerging markets in EDVs and grid scale energy storage. These investments are largely focused on Li-ion chemistries, as most industry experts believe Li-ion chemistry will be the system of choice for the next 15 to 20 years.

According to H. Takeshita at the Institute of Information Technology, portable products consumed nearly $12 billion worth of Li-ion cells in 2011. These batteries used more than $400 million of electrolyte in 2011. Including demand for emerging markets in EDVs and grid scale storage, various forecasters project the market to grow to between $31 and $43 billion in 2020, which will grow the market for electrolytes to between $1.1 and $1.5 billion in 2020.

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